Rural Tourism Studio Matching Grants Program

  1. Wallowa County Rural Tourism Studio action team members helped develop a cycling map with matching grant program funds.
  2. A small group of Oakridge community leaders used Rural Tourism Studio matching grant dollars to help create the “We Speak” program. It’s a way to share local knowledge with front-line staff in communities to better improve service to visitors.
  3. Wallowa County Rural Tourism Studio graduates used matching grant dollars to install informational signs at the primary mountain biking trailheads in the vicinity of Salt Creek Summit.
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The mission of the Oregon Tourism Commission (OTC), doing business as Travel Oregon, is to encourage economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Oregon through a strengthened economic impact of tourism throughout the state. Projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local economies throughout Oregon by means of the enhancement, expansion and promotion of the visitor industry are eligible to receive funding from the Matching Grant Program.

OTC has allocated $10,000 for investment in the Oregon Rural Tourism Studio Matching Grant Program for each graduating community. Each community may submit up to two project ideas. Projects must be completed within one year of the grant award.

Below is a brief look at some of the components of the matching grant program. The grant guidelines specific to this program will be provided to the participants in their final workshop session.

  • After successful completion of the Oregon Rural Tourism Studio, a participating member of the local Rural Tourism Studio Steering Committee may submit one matching grant application.
  • The matching grant application may include up to two project ideas for a maximum total request of $10,000.
  • A local nonprofit organization or public agency must serve as fiscal agent for the grant.
  • The initial step of the application process is to complete a Grant Project Idea Worksheet and submit it to Travel Oregon. Once the Idea Worksheet has been reviewed, applicants must provide additional details, including a project budget, timeline and letters of support.
  • A one-to-one match will be required for an applicant to receive matching grant funds. In-kind contributions can be used for up to half of the match provided. For example, if you are applying for a $10,000 matching grant, you can provide a match of $5,000 in cash and $5,000 worth of in-kind contributions.
  • Matching grant projects must be aligned with and support the local priorities identified in the Rural Tourism Studio program.
  • Matching grant applications are due six months after the completion of the Rural Tourism Studio.
  • Projects must be completed within one year of the grant award.

Want more information about Rural Tourism Studio Matching Grants Program?

If you have additional questions or comments about Rural Tourism Studio Matching Grants Program, please contact the appropriate member of the Travel Oregon staff listed below.

  1. Alexa Carey
  2. Michelle Woodard